Meaning of “pierce” in the English Dictionary


"pierce" in English

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uk /pɪəs/ us /pɪrs/

[ I + adv/prep, T ] to go into or through something, making a hole in it using a sharp point:

The needle pierces the fabric four times a second.
I couldn't wear these earrings because my ears aren't pierced.
The gun fires a shell capable of piercing the armour of an enemy tank.
The hole they drilled pierces six kilometres into the earth's crust.

[ T ] (of a light, sound, etc.) to suddenly be seen or heard, despite darkness, noise, etc.:

A few rays of sunlight pierced the smoke.

(Definition of “pierce” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pierce" in American English

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pierceverb [ T ]

us /pɪərs/

to go in or through something, esp. with a pointed object, making a hole:

Pierce the potatoes with a fork to see if they’re done.
She got her ears pierced.

(Definition of “pierce” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)